BookCon 2020: In Conversation with Tenacious D

At BookCon 2020, Simon Hanselman interviewed Kyle Glass and Jack Black about their film-turned-album-turned-tour-turned-turned-graphic novel with accompanying audio: Post-Apocalypto.

The Panel Begins at 2 hours and 40 mins in. You can also see half the day’s panels here.

The panel began with a small chat about the phrase “S’ing the D” and what Tenacious D have been up to: promoting Post-Apocalypto. Black himself emphasized that the concept was in response to the election win of Donald Trump, a white supremacist (as quoted by Jack Black), and how the world seemed to be leaning toward neo-fascism, with Post-Apocalpto, being their protest album.

“The project is going to be an opportunity for us to indulge ourselves in our favorites post-apocalyptic action genres: Road warrior, Terminator, and Wizard of Oz — mixed in a soup, and strained through the Donald Trumpism nightmare that we are currently living in.” – Jack Black

Originally a 6-chapter animated movie hand-drawn by Jack Black, along with a startling concept album, the duo decided in to make the story into a comic book. Post-Apocalpyto, follows Jack and Kyle, who survive a nuclear bomb by hiding out in a 1950’s refrigerator. The two are then are thrust into a post-apocalyptic nightmare, with conflicts such as full-blown aliens, catastrophes, and…Elon Musk —Though I’m not sure if this was a joke given the times?

A story about hope and peace, political satire, and time machines, that’s loaded with action and fapping, Post-Apocalypto is a graphic novel comic funny book… with a strong positive message, that’s lovely cut, with many dick jokes (again… all of this is abridged quoting from the panel).

Though not all was fun and games. The latter half of the talks got serious, talking a bit about the race riots happening all across America, regarding the murder of George Floyd and the Police Brutality against African Americans, as well as topics about hopes for a vaccine.

Still, for the most part, the panel was comedic and when asked about final words about Post-Apocalypto Black had this to say:

“Greatest masterpiece, a rip snorting good time, and a hell of an action adventure with lots of twists and turns…. That’s also, going to save the world.”

You can find Post-Apocalpyto out in stores in September later this year.


Christian Angeles
Christian Angeles
Christian Angeles is a screenwriter who likes sharing stories and getting to meet people. He also listens to words on the page via audible and tries to write in ways that make people feel things. All on a laptop. Sometimes from an app on his phone.

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